Josephine Boisvert was born on September 2, 1930, in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her parents, Ernest and Viola Boisvert, soon shortened Josephine’s name to “Josie.” While you wouldn’t guess it from hearing her last name, Josie’s ancestry included a Native American heritage.
Although Josie was blessed with a sweet and loving personality, she was developmentally disabled, and spent her adult life in a series of group homes. Most recently, she resided at Ivy Terrace of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. She worked at Goodwill Industries during the days, and in the evenings returned to her “Group Home Family.”
Over the years, Josie had a series of guardians. She had a special relationship with her last guardian, Carrie Beck, who nicknamed Josie “Jo-Jo.” Carrie visited Josie frequently, often bringing along her daughters, Kelsie and Mia. Josie loved their visits, and always had lots of smiles for Carrie and her family.
Cheerful and kind-hearted, Josie rose above her challenges to live a happy and fulfilling life. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her friends and group home family.
Josephine “Josie” Boisvert was born to eternal life on October 30, 2012, at the age of 82. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Viola Boisvert. Josie is survived by her “family” at Ivy Terrace and her many loving caretakers throughout the years.
Friends will gather at the Funeral Home, 2486 S. Kinnnickinnic Ave., on Monday, November 5, from 12 noon until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Josie will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Please visit Josie’s personal memory page at www.lifestorynet.com, where you can learn more about her life, share a favorite memory or photo, and sign the online guestbook.